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Day 10: Knickknack attack

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our Day 10 Declutter note from Colleen

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.”
— Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel’s quote is about jewelry but we can apply it to the shelves in our home just as easily. Knickknacks are the jewelry of a home, the adornment that can either exude elegance or take it over the top. Today, we’re aiming for elegance.

Take a look at your shelves, generally in the living room, but anywhere in the house that you have a lot of knickknacks.

We’re not talking about books here,  just knickknacks. Tchotchkes. Figurines. Souvenirs. You know what I’m talking about. The little stuff that’s a pain to dust and that you become blind to after a while.

Analyze the shelf:

Is there space around your stuff? Can you see to the back of the shelf? Is there a layer of dust covering everything?
We’re going to take care of that now. Pick a shelf, or two or three if you’re feeling motivated, and take all your knickknacks off. Dust the shelf and each item.
As you dust each item, decide whether you want to keep it by asking yourself a couple of questions:
  • Do you like it?
  • When was the last time you stopped to look at it specifically or to touch it or think about it or even noticed it?

If you love something, then by all means, put it back.

If you aren’t sure, wrap it up and put it away in a box for a specific amount of time to see if you really miss it. If you don’t love it or want to keep it anymore, by all means, put it in the donation station.
Our goal is, à la Chanel, to take at least one thing off the shelf to open up some space.

Our eyes need space to rest.

And decluttering a shelf can give us that space and help to bring a feeling of calm to a room.

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